US Eastman to discontinue DEP, DBP plasticisers

16 March 2011 22:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical and fibre manufacturer Eastman will stop producing and supplying diethyl phthalate (DEP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) at the end of 2011, the company said on Wednesday.

“[DEP] and [DBP] have been part of our portfolio for many years, but no longer form part of our strategic growth plans or vision of the future,” said Steve Cullen, who manages plasticiser strategy at Eastman.

Cullen said Eastman’s recent acquisition of benzoate plasticisers, along with the launch of dibutyl terephthalate (DBT), will provide non-phthalate alternatives to the discontinued products.

Existing DEP and DBP customers will be supplied as usual for the remainder of the calendar year.

According to Eastman’s website, DEP can be used as a pigment-dispersing medium in plastics and cellulose acetate solutions, but is rarely used in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products.

DBP is used in polyvinyl acetate (PVA) adhesives formulations, coatings and textile applications.

The size of the market for each product is not known, and a company spokesperson did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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